Former President Donald Trump argued Friday that the United States should make it easier to confine “mixed” people and eliminate gun-free school zones after A gunman killed 19 children and two teachers this week In a Texas school.
“Clearly we need to make it easier to confine violent and mentally disordered people to mental institutions,” Trump said in a speech at a conference in Houston for the National Rifle Association, a gun rights group.
Tuesday’s deadly shooting of 19 students and two teachers in Ovaldi, Texas, by an 18-year-old gunman armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle has focused attention once again on the NRA, a major donor to members of Congress, most of whom of the republicans.
On suggestions to improve school security, Trump said that every school should have one point of entry, strong fencing and metal detectors, adding that there should also be a police official or armed guard at all times in every school.
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“This is not a question of money. This is a question of will. If the United States had $40 billion to send to Ukraine, we could do it,” he said, referring to Washington’s financial and military support for Ukraine after the Russian invasion in February.
The largest gun lobby in the United States began its annual conference in Houston, Texas, just days after a mass shooting 450 kilometers away.
Former President Trump told attendees that such attacks are one of the “best reasons” for arming pic.twitter.com/hCmsnweSj2
– TRT World (trtworld) May 28, 2022
The former US president also called for the elimination of weapon-free school zones, adding that these zones do not leave victims with any means to defend themselves in the event of an attack by a gunman.
“As the old saying goes, the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to have a good guy with a gun,” Trump added. “The existence of evil is one of the best reasons for arming law-abiding citizens.”
Video images of the main auditorium in Houston, which is home to about 3,600 people, showed it was nearly half full as Trump took the stage on Friday afternoon.